The RCMP Heritage Centre is a museum dedicated to the history and role of the RCMP. Highlights include the virtual reality rides, police car driving simulator, dress-up area, and an exhibit that involves examining clues to solve a crime.
Location: 5907 Dewdney Avenue, Regina (map)
Parking: Large parking lot
Age Range: 3 – Adult
Features: Exhibits about the history and role of the RCMP, including virtual reality rides, dress-up, and a police car driving game
Amenities: Washrooms, cafe, gift shop
Accessibility: Wheelchair accessible
Admission: Kids 5 and under: free; ages 6 – 17: $6; Adult: $10; Family: $30
Charlotte’s review (6 years old): “It was awesome! The virtual reality thing was my favourite part.”
Luc’s review (4 years old): “I liked the car.”
I have always loved the RCMP. The officers in their red serge dress uniforms are always part of the Calgary Stampede, and seeing them march by makes my heart swell with Canadian pride. I was predisposed to enjoy this museum, but my kids and husband loved it too. There are several exhibits, including one dedicated to the RCMP’s relationship with Indigenous peoples. There’s also an area where kids and adults can dress up in various RCMP uniforms for some awesome selfies.
The museum has games, too. My kids had to fight my husband for the driver’s seat in the police car where you can play a driving game. There’s also an area where you sit in a saddle and don a headset for some virtual reality rides with RCMP officers. Check out the corner near the VR booths for free temporary tattoos!
My daughter (6) particularly liked an exhibit called “A Man is Dead.” In this exhibit, you are presented with a crime scene and evidence to evaluate. My daughter was mostly unaware of the plot inherent in this exhibit, but she loved learning about fingerprints, security features on currency, bullets, and more. She had a great time pretending to be a police officer and guessing about the perpetrator.
Everyone also loved the gift shop, and you should check it out too. 10% of their profits go to the RCMP Foundation’s programs for at-risk youth. There are also driving tours, but we thought they’d be a bit too long for our young kids.
The museum is located right next door to the Academy, where all of the RCMP officers in the country are trained. If you see someone avoiding sidewalks, that’s a cadet – they have to earn the right to walk on sidewalks on site. If you visit on a weekday, you might also see the Sergeant Major’s Parade, where the drill staff put cadets through their paces.
If you’re headed to Regina, check out my article about all the fun things to do there on Calgary Playground Review!